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Analysis of secondary data sources (abuse) study


The main aim of the study was to improve the collection and analyses of existing and planned data related to elder abuse in care homes and hospitals so that they can be better coordinated and used more intelligently.


2009 - 2010 

Research team

Jill Manthorpe, Shereen Hussein and Martin Stevens (SCWRU)
Hazel Heath (Independent Nurse Consultant and Researcher)
Nat Lievesley (Centre for Policy on Ageing)


Department of Health, Policy Research Programme, and Comic Relief


We explored perceptions of the data collection burden, and the value of different sources of information in aiding decision making and practice responses.


We found that data are scarce and limited, and that definitions and collection are unsystematised centrally and locally, and currently demand collation from various and disparate sources.


Final report

Manthorpe, J., Stevens, M., Hussein, S., Heath, H. & Lievesley, N., (2011), 'The Abuse, Neglect and Mistreatment of Older People in Care Homes and Hospitals in England: Observations on the Potential for Secondary Data Analysis' [pdf, 827 KB], London: Department of Health; Comic Relief.

Related work

Phair, L., (2011), 'An audit of disciplinary outcomes and incident reporting and the relationship with the vetting and barring scheme in the NHS' [pdf, 339 KB], London: Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London.


The study made recommendations to policy and practice stakeholders about the implications of changing the approach to data collection nationally and locally. The main impact of the study is intended to be in terms of the adoption of common definitions of abuse and standards and approaches to data collection across national and local government, regulators, commissioners and providers.
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